Andrews Norton

Short Name: Andrews Norton
Full Name: Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853
Birth Year: 1786
Death Year: 1853

Norton, Andrews, D.D., son of Samuel Norton, was born at Higham, Massachusetts, Dec. 31, 1786, and was educated at Higham, and at Harvard College. After being engaged there for a short time as a tutor, he was appointed Librarian, and subsequently Lecturer on Biblical Criticism, as successor to Dr. Channing. When the Theological School was opened in 1819 he became Dexter Professor of Literature. This position he held until 1830. He died at Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 18, 1853. He was for some time editor of the General Repository and Review, and published several prose works, one of the most extensive being The Genuineness of the Gospels, in 4 volumes. His hymns are few in number, and are mainly meditations in verse. They were contributed to various periodicals, and after his death were collected and published in a small volume. Of these hymns the following are in common use:--

1. Another year, another year, The unceasing rush, &c. Close of the Year. Appeared in the Christian Examiner in Nov. and Dec. 1827, in 11 stanzas of 4 lines. It is used in an abbreviated form. In the American Boston Unitarian Hymns [&Tune] Book, 1868, it begins with st. vi., "O what concerns it him whose way."
2. Faint not, poor traveller, though thy way. Fortitude. Printed in the Christian Disciple, July and Aug., 1822, in 7 st. of 4 1., and again in the West Boston Collection, 1823.
3. He has gone to his God, he has gone to his home. Burial. Printed in the Christian Examiner, Jan. and Feb., 1824.
4. My God, I thank Thee! may no thought. Trust and Submission. Appeared in the Monthly Anthology and Boston Review, Sept., 1809. This is his earliest and best known hymn.
5. 0 stay thy tears:for they are blest. Burial of the Young. Printed in the General Repository and Review, April, 1812, in 5 st. of 4 1. In 1855, st. iii.-v. were given in Beecher's Plymouth Collection, No. 1094, as "How blest are they whose transient years."
6. Where ancient forests round us spread. Dedication of a Church. This "Hymn for the Dedication of a Church," is dated 1833.
These hymns are in some of the American hymnals. Nos. 1, 4, 5 are in Martineau's Hymns, 1873, and the full texts of all are in Putnam's Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith, Boston, U.S.A., 1875. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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